Grammar Friday

Today’s two grammar tips:

  • “All ready” is a phrase meaning “completely prepared,” as in “As soon as I put my coat on, I’ll be all ready.” “Already,” however, is an adverb used to describe something that has happened before a certain time, as in “What do you mean you’d rather stay home? I’ve already put on my coat.”
  • Always identify abbreviations before you use them, unless you feel reasonably confident that the average intelligent reader would be able to identify the acronym. (It would be odd to write out all the words for ESP, NATO, CEO, or AIDS.) Keep your audience in mind, though; readers who are specialists in a particular discipline may not want or need to have terms spelled out for them.

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